Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas (LOC)

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Vachon, John,, 1914-1975,, photographer.

Worker at carbon black plant, Sunray, Texas


1 transparency : color.

Title from FSA or OWI agency caption.
Transfer from U.S. Office of War Information, 1944.

World War, 1939-1945
United States--Texas--Sunray

Format: Transparencies--Color

Rights Info: No known restrictions on publication.

Repository: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA,

Part Of: Farm Security Administration - Office of War Information Collection 12002-59 (DLC) 93845501

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Call Number: LC-USW36-842

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  1. Connect:ed [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    helluva image, the composition is very memorable with that roofline and the way the hat is almost just a hint. great, great work.

  2. ljcdlc01 57 months ago | reply

    Man what a powerful image. Love the picture.

  3. Esperanza❀ Unbroken Feelings [deleted] 57 months ago | reply

    esta wenisimo

  4. The Big Jiggety 56 months ago | reply

    Very powerful portrait, worth many a poem.

  5. troijanskinhead 55 months ago | reply

    i like the pic cuz i look like that every other day and nobodys at my job taking pix

  6. H. Kosin 54 months ago | reply

    Eine sehr schön gestaltetes Foto.
    Seen on my Flickr home page. (?)

  7. llynnowens 46 months ago | reply

    Love, love, love this.

  8. Ten:22 [deleted] 45 months ago | reply

    I used this as part of a remix of several different photos for my music project. Not sure if it's going to be an ad, a poster, a shirt, or what. Maybe it will just be. Note that the coal worker looks dramatically different when you lighten things up a bit. He's more like a cowboy here.


  9. L Mitchell 43 months ago | reply

    A very powerful photo of what legnths a man will go to in order to support a family. Disturbing !

  10. Norskejenta1 [deleted] 42 months ago | reply

    Mosts Hard working men did all types of dirty jobs to earn a dollar. Most likely he is gone. The men back then were willing to work no matter what. Great Photo and Tribute to the Hard working American Men.

  11. Norskejenta1 [deleted] 42 months ago | reply

    Then when this Hard worker went home, he didn't have a bath tub to clean up. Most likely no running water or electricity. Probably very little food.

  12. imeanyou 42 months ago | reply

    Sunray..some kind of sick joke.

  13. A Perry [deleted] 41 months ago | reply

    great shot

  14. alanjoao 35 months ago | reply

    awesome work !!!

  15. nakedhand 33 months ago | reply

    One of the best photographs I have seen in a long time. Just incredible on all levels.

  16. Texas State Library and Archives Commission 21 months ago | reply

    Thanks for sharing this in our "Picture Texas with TSLAC" group (! I shared it on TSLAC's Facebook page ( -Cesar

  17. 60lpsdf250 20 months ago | reply

    Man, this guy worked hard and sacrificed his health for his family, I'm sure... tough man. Not sure how many of us would make that sacrifice these days...

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